Anticonvulsant Therapy

Anticonvulsant Therapy

If you or your child has hypothalamic hamartoma, you know that seizures are a health and safety concern. Your doctors and medical team will work with you to find the most appropriate anticonvulsant therapy.

Seizure management through the use of anti-epileptic drugs is often the first strategy in the treatment of hypothalamic hamartoma. Common anti-epileptic drugs include:

  • Valproic acid (Depakote®)
  • Levetiracetam (Keppra®)
  • Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®)
  • Topiramate (Topamax®)
  • Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®)

Your medical team will work to find the treatment that is most effective, but you should know that the use of these drugs for gelastic seizures is often ineffective, and may cause a variety of side effects that make their use undesirable.


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